Breaking News
More () »

Officer convicted in beating of undercover officer sentenced to 1 year in prison

Federal prosecutors were seeking the maximum 10-year sentence for depriving detective Luther Hall of his civil rights

ST. LOUIS — One of the officers convicted in the beating of an undercover officer during protests in 2017 was sentenced to a year in federal prison Monday afternoon.

Dustin Boone was sentenced to one year in prison, three years of probation and ordered to pay $6900 in restitution for his role in the beating that left detective Luther Hall with permanent injuries.

Boone is one of five white officers who were federally indicted for their role in the assault of a Black detective who was working undercover as a protester in 2017. He's no longer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Federal prosecutors were seeking the maximum 10-year sentence for depriving detective Luther Hall of his civil rights.

In a 62-page sentencing memo filed Nov. 15, Boone’s attorneys, Justin Kuehn and Stephen Williams, asked Senior District Judge E. Richard Webber to sentence Boone to 26 months in prison and called a 10-year sentence “disproportionately high.”

The attorneys call Boone a “doting husband and incredible father” and cite letters from friends, relatives and former colleagues as proof.

Federal prosecutors fired back, dumping the contents of racist text messages shared between Boone and his family members into the court filings for the judge and all to see and insisted Boone be sentenced to 10 years in prison for his actions.

“In his sentencing memorandum, defendant blames everyone else for the assault of Detective Luther Hall,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin wrote. “He takes minimal responsibility for his actions.”

Most of the texts are unsuitable for publication.

RELATED: Racist texts released ahead of sentencing hearing for St. Louis officer accused of assaulting colleague

One of the former officers, Randy Hays, has already pleaded guilty to violating Hall's civil rights. Judge E. Richard Webber sentenced Hays to 52 months in prison. 

Former Officer Bailey Colletta was sentenced to three years of probation for lying to the FBI about what she saw on the night of the assault.

Christopher Myers is expected to plead guilty in January to a misdemeanor and face no jail time or pay any fines for his role.

A fifth officer, Steven Korte, was acquitted and remains on the force.